17 January 1991, Iraq: Force. Derived from the Latin fortis, meaning “strong,” it was the watchword of an extraordinary week. I am stronger than you; therefore you will do what I say. Obey, or I will use force. That was what George Bush said to Saddam Hussein. For more than five months he had been saying it with warnings, then an ultimatum. Wednesday evening he switched to the vocabulary of bombs.
– January 17, 1991